Thursday Jul 03, 2014
The barbaric kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar sent shockwaves of horror across the world. For eighteen long days, decent people around the globe joined with Israelis and Jews anxiously awaiting information about the teens' fate, hoping and praying for their safe and quick return. When it was revealed earlier this week that the three young men would not be coming home, there was an outpouring of grief...
Friday May 23, 2014
Pope Francis's trip to Israel beginning on May 25 is clearly an important visit, as any papal appearance is. Its greatest importance may lie in the fact that it reflects the normalization of relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel, not to mention Catholic-Jewish relations more broadly.
Thinking back to John Paul II's historic five day visit in 2000, we realize how far things have come. John Paul's papacy was notable...
Tuesday May 13, 2014
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 with a mission to combat anti-Semitism. Even at that time we took upon ourselves the responsibility to stand up against all forms of bigotry, but the primary purpose of the organization to this day is the struggle against anti-Semitism.
That is why the release of the ADL Global 100 Index of Anti-Semitism -- the broadest public opinion survey of attitudes toward Jews around the...
Monday May 05, 2014
As Israel turns 66 years-old, it is important to not only reflect on the country’s accomplishments, but also to look at and understand the direction in which the Jewish State is headed.
Six and a half decades after its establishment, it is worth noting that Israel is still a young country, especially compared with the US and other developed western nations. Israelis have built a democratic state based on the shared...
Friday Apr 11, 2014
Voices from the past, disconnected from today’s realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have come together at a time of crisis in the negotiations to tell Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel’s key negotiating positions are unreasonable, untenable and unsupportable and to press the Obama administration to adopt their skewed views to ramp up US pressure on Israel.
This is the message of an extraordinarily tin-eared...